Bond with your baby, have fun, and meet other mamas with our guide to the Best Baby Classes in Singapore!
Whether you want to spend some quality time with your wee one in a nurturing environment, or you’re keen to start their education at a young age, enrichment classes aren’t just for big kids mama!
While the newborn phase can definitely feel like a bit of a sleep-deprived blur at times, soon enough, we find, you’re itching to get out of the house and do something more than just stare at your adorable munchkin sleeping or rolling around on a play mat. From music and movement classes (even newborns like listening to songs!) to swimming and messy play, there’s heaps out there to stimulate babies in a nurturing, age-appropriate manner. We’ve included parent- and caretaker-accompanied classes, as well as drop-off infant care facilities for working parents to cover the full range of possibilities out there, mama!
6 to 36 months
With two convenient locations (Bukit Timah and UE Square) and a wide range of parent-accompanied playgroups, classes and drop-in sessions for children 6 to 36 months, Blue House is hands-down one of our very favourite resources for magical, enriching bonding time with your bubs. The absolutely stunning Ateliers (far more soothing than garish and over-stimulating) provide little ones with interactive, sensory-driven experiences, whether through storytelling, songs, musical instruments, or the creative use of materials and textures (we’ll never forget the look of wonder on our one-year-old’s face when she saw feathers shooting up into the air, or her giggles when she got to crawl around in corn starch goop!). We can’t wait to try out the upcoming “Natural World” playgroup series, which harnesses children’s natural curiosity to provide them with real-world experiences like feeling grass between their toes, rain on their skin, or the smoothness of rocks in their little hands.
Blue House Nursery & International Preschool Turf City, 2 Turf Club Rd, Singapore 287988, Tel: (+65) 6462 6547, open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
Blue House Nursery & International Preschool UE Square, 83 Clemenceau Avenue #01-35/36, Tel: (+65) 6235 2126, open everyday, 9am to 5pm
9 to 22 months
EtonHouse is way more than just preschool, mama; the Stay & Play Programme for children 9 – 22 months of age is a great opportunity for parents to bond with their babies, meet other parents and pick up learning strategies from EtonHouse’s experienced international team of educators. We particularly love the 50:50 English/Chinese bilingual immersion (the earlier you expose your baby to other languages, the better!), not to mention the beautiful, safe and stimulating Reggio-Emilia environments EtonHouse is known for. Kiddos use their sense of touch, sight, smell, hearing … even taste on occasion to engage with materials including paint, water, sand, clay, fabric and more. Throw in small class sizes and availability at four EtonHouse campuses across Singapore (Bukit Timah, Orchard, Newton Road and Sentosa), and it’s a fab, convenient option for mamas and kiddos looking for a stepping stone on the way to preschool.
Newborns and up
With two East Coast locations and a third spot at Tanglin Mall, the brilliant Early Childhood programmes at this popular music school employ a multi-sensory approach that involves singing, playing, moving, listening and watching. At such an early age it’s all about giving babies and toddlers the confidence to experiment, improvise and create their own music. Suitable for babies as young as newborns, the Junior Discovery programme is based on the Suzuki ECE and Suzuki Method, utilizing everything from nursery rhymes and chants to singing and percussion playing (might take your bub a few months to get a handle on that part of things!). Along the way, children not only hone their musical acumen, but gain social skills and improve coordination, memory, concentration, language, creativity, self-confidence, and physical composure!
1 Marine Parade Central, #09-04, Parkway Centre, Singapore 449408
163 Tanglin Road, #02-42, Tanglin Mall Singapore 247933
11 Tanjong Katong Rd, One KM, Singapore 437157
2 to 18 months
Perfect for working mamas, this highly specialized bilingual programme for infants at Little Paddington’s two beautiful Infant Care facilities has a low staff-child ratio to ensure plenty of individual attention. Along the way, educators encourage language and sensorial development, and babies get plenty of play at both the beautiful indoor gym and lovely outdoor playground. And did we mention the petting zoo, water play and dedicated picnic spots?!
Little Paddington Preschool and Infant Care Turf Club, 236 Turf Club Road, Singapore 287985, Tel: (+65) 9649 5801
Little Paddington Preschool And Infant Care, 4 Jalan Tani, Singapore 548542, Tel: (+65) 6280 3007
6 – 24 months
Let your little one experience a fully immersive Chinese language environment at Little Star’s Baby Sensory Class in Chinese, designed to stimulate young children’s language and sensory development through a series of interactive games. Lessons are conducted by native Chinese-speaking teachers with over 7 years of early childhood education experience, so you know your tots are in the best hands – and you’ll be able to see it for yourself! The programme is a great way to strengthen the bond between you and your baby and build a lasting connection.
Newborn and up
Practically a must-visit for parents-to-be and new mamas, Mother & Child offers all sorts of prenatal classes, newborn parenting classes, and drop-in well-baby clinics at both its Tanglin and East Coast locations. You’ll also find first aid and infant massage classes for parents, helpers, and babies; yoga for pregnant women and new mamas; and postnatal classes for mamas and babies like “Musical Monkeys” and the popular new Twins Group! And we haven’t even mentioned their legendary lactation specialists!
Mother & Child Tanglin Mall, 163 Tanglin Road #03-11, Singapore 247933, open Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm and Sunday 10am to 3pm
Mother & Child East Coast, 88 East Coast Road, #02-07 Katong Square, 42337, open 10am to 5pm every Tuesday and Thursday (consultations by appointment only)
12 to 36 months
This weekly 45-minute accompanied playgroup (parents and helpers both welcome!) is a super-fun creative outlet for little ones, with everything from circle time, to singing, dancing, story time, games, and lots of messy play (including bubbles, painting, and general fun sticky stuff!). Conveniently held at different condos around Singapore with more than 20 classes each week, each weekly session has a different theme of exploration, including animals, vehicles, letters, numbers, dinosaurs, space, and much more. Mucky Pups is led by a former preschool teacher and trained artist. We love that the first class is a free trial and reasonably priced at $25 per class thereafter (with no longterm commitment; just pay when you attend)!
Mucky Pups, Tel: (+65) 9002 3568, www.facebook.com/muckypupstoddlers
Newborn to 4 years
The unique “MoveiQ gymnademics” programme at QiiQ is all about stimulating baby’s brain through sensory and motor pathways. Parent-accompanied sessions are all about inspiring a joy for learning in little ones through a bright, stimulating, colourful environment. The “Blooming Joy” class (for expectant parents through 3 months of age) is all about providing sensory stimulation, and also shows parents how to create a home environment that enhances and enriches brain development to foster physical and intellectual growth. Once kiddos get a bit older there’s also a handy drop-off option with toddlercare for children 2 to 4 years old.
QiiQ, 45 Burghley Drive, Burghley Lifestyle Hub #01-13, Singapore 559022, Tel: (+65) 6610 0700, www.qiiq.sg
2 months and up
Geared toward providing a safe, loving, stimulating, and emotionally nurturing environment for babies from 2 months onwards, Sunflower Baby House infant care allows littles to explore and discover with daily activities like both indoor and outdoor play, creative arts, sand and water play, music & movement, and rhymes and songs. We also like the long hours (7am to 7pm) that are ideal for working parents, not to mention the easy transition to the school’ premium preschool that goes all the way up to K2!
Mention Sassy Mama to waive the $321 registration fee anytime through 30 September 2017.
Sunflower Baby House & Preschool, 200 Turf Club Road, #04-01 & 07/08 The Grandstand, Singapore 287994, www.sunflowerbabyhouse.com, open Monday to Friday; 7am to 7pm
4 months and up
With two beautiful, purpose-built swimming pools (one indoor, one outdoor) in the lush surrounds of Dempsey Hill, SWISH offers babies and children a temperature-controlled, salt-chlorinated environment that is gentler on hair, skin and eyes. Parents and caregivers accompany little ones in the water through games, songs, and gentle activities that get bubs comfortable with the water and basics like putting their face underwater, blowing bubbles, and floating on their backs. Ultimately, babies are able to explore the water and extend their abilities en route to becoming competent, safety-conscious little swimmers!
8 to 18 months
Tea & Tots really takes playgroup to the next level with 75-minute sessions that are more structured than a typical play date at home. Circle time, magical stories, sensorial play, music & movement, and arts & crafts are all thoughtfully built into the adult-accompanied class. Time will fly by as your wee ones get to safely exercise all their senses, including squishing little hands into sensory materials like paint, sand, clay and fabric, as well as looking at shimmering images, sorting through colourful shapes and listening to soothing music in the one-of-a-kind Ocean Snoezelen Room – a unique sensory room in Singapore. So that’s the tots sorted; as for the tea, caretakers are welcome to mingle and get play tips from teachers over energizing tea and biscuits!
Quote SASSY MAMA when you register and first class is 50% off the normal rate and $35 per class thereafter if you sign up for an 8-week term!
18 months to 2.5 years
The “Little Bunnies Playgroup (仁爱班)” on the East Coast is all about making Mandarin learning natural and effortless – in other words, fun! Little ones from 18 months to 2.5 years old encounter Mandarin through stories, songs, music, and even props. Active, engaged teachers foster creativity and imagination through role-playing activities, and along the way the little bunnies will also develop fine motor skills, confidence, independence and social skills.
6 months to 2.5 years
White Lodge runs a Parent and Child Programme at both its East Coast and Loewen Gardens locations with activities like circle time, music and movement, art, and both sensory and outdoor play. Each 90-minute session is planned and run by an experienced facilitator, allowing babies an early chance to flex their social skills, and giving parents the opportunity to meet up as well! We love that these sessions are also open to helpers and other caregivers, and it’s a fab way to start getting little ones familiar with a preschool setting.
White Lodge Loewen Gardens, 75E Loewen Road, Singapore 248844, Tel: (+65) 6475 7262
White Lodge East Coast, 102 Guilemard Road, Singapore 399719, Tel: (+65) 6440 6690
18 months to 7 years
The Toddlers Playgroup at Zoo-Phonics is an accompanied session for littles ones aged 18 to 30 months, running two or three times per week. It’s the perfect gateway to full-time preschool, giving children theme-based, multi-sensorial learning that promotes speaking and listening skills through stories, rhymes, music and crafts. Kiddos LOVE Zoo-Phonics’ cast of 26 animal characters, letter shapes, and sounds that engage them in whole-brain, kinesthetic fun to make phonics, reading and spelling accessible. Classes are capped at 8 children for plenty of personal attention, and each session runs for two hours (including 40 minutes of Mandarin!).
6 to 35 months
Aqua Bambinos offers indoor swimming lessons (in 30 degree water no less!) for little ones from 6 to 35 months of age. Songs, toys and a healthy dose of fun are used in their parent-accompanied classes, where teachers focus on helping parents teach their babies about water safety and familiarization. There’s even baby change facilities and a child-friendly waiting area to keep wee ones busy while they wait for their swim lesson!
45 Burghley Drive, Block C Burghley Lifestyle Hub #01-07, Singapore 559022, Tel: (+65) 6487 3225, www.aquabambinos.com.sg
6 months to 4.5 years
Splish splash! Introduce your tinies to the water with an AquaDucks parent-accompanied swim lesson. For babies from 6 months of age, their infant programme teaches littles ones how to be comfortable in the water through playing games, singing songs and having fun! Light submersion is also practiced once your baby is ready.
Various locations across Singapore, Tel: (+65) 6463 5554, www.aquaducks.com.sg
6 months to 17 months
Specialising in bilingual and Chinese education, Bibignogs caters to young children in particular – with parent-accompanied classes starting from just 6 months. With a curriculum inspired by Multiple Intelligences Theory, each class incorporates various “intelligences”, including movement, music, linguistic, math and more. The “Bilingual Babes” class is available once, twice or even three times per week. Following enrichment classes, full preschool options are available as well.
BibiNogs Kids Academy, Serene Centre, #02-05/06, 10 Jalan Serene, Singapore 258748, Tel: (+65) 6466 4167
BibiNogs Preschool K.A, King’s Arcade, #B1-01 559 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 269695, Tel: (+65) 6466 5357
6 to 18 months
This fun-filled performing arts centre has a bunch of programmes perfect for tiny tots with energy to burn! “Babystage” creative play classes provide an opportunity for parents and caretakers to interact and learn with their youngsters in a stimulating environment, while their super popular play stage programme (1.5 – 3.5 year olds) provides a fun and imaginative space for parents and toddlers to learn through drama, art and craft, music and movement, singing and word play. There’s even ballet tots and tap tots classes for mini ballerinas (from 2 years of age).
CentreStage School of the Arts, Block 15 Woking Road, Wessex Estate, Singapore 138694, Tel: (+65) 6732 7211, www.centre-stage.com
8 months to 4 years
Specializing in Early Years education, G.U.G. provides specially-designed activities for children from 8 months of age up to 8 years-old, covering skills including language, literacy, logical thinking, math, social, and problem-solving skills. It all begins with parent-accompanied playgroups covering music and movement, action rhymes, alphabet and phonics games, puppetry, art & craft, cooking, sensorial and science discoveries. A bilingual playgroup is available, too.
Growing Up Gifted, 101 Thomson Road #01-20/27, Singapore 307591, www.gugifted.com
Newborn to 5 years
With classes starting from birth, Gymboree’s Play and Learn programme supports your wee ones’ development through tummy time, music and loads of parent interaction! As they grow, classes include climbing, crawling and sliding, as well as balance, coordination and problem-solving games. It’s a totally play-based, child-led (and fun!) programme for tinies.
Gymboree, 163 Tanglin Road, #03-21 Tanglin Mall, Singapore 247933, Tel: (+65) 6735 5290, www.gymboree.com.sg/gymboree-play-learn-classes
4 months to 2 years
With two indoor heated pools and additional facilities all over Singapore, Happy Fish caters to babies as young as 4 months of age. Babies learn how to enter the water safely, hold their breath and blow bubbles underwater, and even – eventually – propel themselves to the side of the pool. It’s a truly amazing sight to behold, inspiring confidence in parents and bubs alike!
Happy Fish Swim School, various locations, Tel: (+65) 6589 8650, www.swimminglessons.com.sg
6 to 18 months
This is where little ones can first discover the joy of learning in a safe, clean environment, developing social skills through meaningful interactions with caretakers, teachers and even puppets! With a specially-created Story Time and Music Time series, babies’ can stimulate their imaginations and sense of wonder, while they build sensory abilities through arts and crafts and other hands-on discovery activities. And they can even start to hone their social skills through the joy of eating with others!
Julia Gabriel Centre Forum, 583 Orchard Road, #04-00 Forum, Singapore 238884583 Orchard Road, #04-00 Forum, Singapore 238884, Tel: (+65) 6733 4322
Julia Gabriel Centre Tampines, 4 Tampines Central 5, #05-03 Tampines Mall, Singapore 5295104 Tampines Central 5, #05-03 Tampines Mall, Singapore 529510, Tel: (+65) 6444 6735
Newborn to 18 months
The welcoming environment at the Kindermusik Village is perfect for new babies. Parent-accompanied classes start from birth and instil a love of music in little ones. Classes are hands-on and designed to promote bonding with your babe — expect creative movement, vocal play, object and instrument exploration in each class. Toddlers from 18 months of age can join one of their Our Time classes and learn music through song, sound imitation, rhyming and creative dancing. They even teach them how to listen (oh yes, please mama!).
Katong V Mall, 30 East Coast Road #03-22 Singapore 428751
Rochester Mall, 35 Rochester Drive #03-18, Singapore 138639
United Square Shopping Mall, 101 Thomson Road #B1-31 Singapore 307591
4 months and up
The Little Gym has got you covered with learning activities for the energetic babes! Their parent-accompanied developmental gymnastics class for babies from 4 months of age promotes movement and motor development with plenty of songs, ball play and group games – it’s all about having fun while learning here! There are two equally convenient locations: Orchard Road at Forum, and Marina Square near the CBD.
The Little Gym of Singapore West, 583 Orchard Road, #B1-24 Forum Shopping Mall, Singapore 238884, Tel: (+65) 6238 6331
The Little Gym of Singapore East, 6 Raffles Boulevard, #03-163/164 Marina Square, Singapore 039594, Tel: (+65) 6336 9734
6 months and up
One of the oldest and most reputable swim schools in Singapore, Marsden is highly sought-after by parents because the AUSTSWIM instructors do a great job motivating the kids at all levels — classes are small and the teachers are first-rate! The baby classes are all about getting little ones comfortable in the water through songs, games, and gentle splashing. Our own little ones adored their classes at Marsden and haven’t wanted to get out of the water since!
Marsden Swim School, 200 Turf Club Road, #01-33 Turf City, Singapore 287994, Tel: (+65) 9665 0328, www.marsdenswimschool.com
3 months and up
In these parent-accompanied classes, mamas and papas (and helpers) gently introduce babies to music and movement through exercises, songs, dances, infant-safe rides and even unique swings. This unique class for the littles MyGym students event includes a parent discussion with tips on babies’ physical development. Bonus points for super-enthusiastic teachers whom kiddos seem to universally adore.
Newborn to 3 years
Musical Babes (0-1.5 years) and Rhythmic Tots (1.5-3 years) classes for mini musicians teach small ones about music through vocal play, creative movement and instrument exploration. Classes have plenty of time for dancing, singing and giggling and are a lovely way for mama and bubba to spend some quality time together learning about music.
Our Music Studio, 163 Tanglin Road, #03-11B Tanglin Mall, Singapore 247933, Tel: (+65) 6467 1789, www.ourmusicstudio.com.sg
Lead image courtesy of Blue House Nursery & International Preschool. Brought to you in partnership with Blue House Nursery & International Preschool, EtonHouse International School, Sunflower Baby House & Preschool, White Lodge, Mucky Pups, Swish Swimming, Juzmusik, Little Paddington Preschool and Infant Care, Little Star, Mother & Child, Zoo-Phonics and QIIQ